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Open source offline map tool for Android

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OSS

To realize the full potential of location-based smartphone apps, they should be built to support offline mode and original map graphics. Creating a custom offline map is the best choice. We were faced with this challenge as well, and the solution we came up with was creating a separate library for this purpose. That is how I developed the m​AppWidget code library.​

We recently decided to open source it, and now mAppWidget is available to anyone in need of a mobile custom offline map solution.

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Rugged, wireless-enabled COM runs Linux on AM437x

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Linux

[Updated Mar. 12] — CompuLab’s rugged, SODIMM-style “CM-T43″ COM runs Linux or Android on a TI AM437x, and offers up to 1GB RAM, 32GB flash, dual GbE, WiFi, BLE, NFC, and more.

CompuLab’s CM-T43 computer-on-module uses the same 204-pin SODIMM connectors as its earlier CM-T335, but instead of running on TI’s 600MHz Cortex-A8 Sitara AM335x system-on-chip, it uses the Cortex-A9-based Sitara AM437x SoC, clocked to 800MHz or 1GHz, The 68 x 36mm COM is designed for networking, industrial communications and Internet of Things applications, says CompuLab.

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Vaio vies with old friend Sony by launching an Android smartphone

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Shortly after ejecting from Sony, the folks at Vaio are going up against their former company with a smartphone to compete with the Sony Xperia line.

The Vaio name will no doubt be familiar as the brand name of Sony's laptops. But as part of a raft of cost-cutting measures, Sony spun off the laptop division last year. The new company kept the Vaio name and logo for its first couple of laptops and has now slapped the logo on the back of a mid-range phone.

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“First” Ultra-HD Android TV STB launches in France

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French IPTV provider Free unveiled a “Freebox Mini 4K,” claimed to be the first Ultra HD Android TV set-top box, based on a new Broadcom Cortex-A15 STB SoC.

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Google hires engineers to run Android OS on virtual reality gear – report

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Google has padded out a team of engineers to beaver away at an Android operating system to power virtual reality devices, it has been reported.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the ad giant plans to follow its well-worn OS smartphone path, by releasing a VR version of its platform that will be freely available online.

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Ubuntu's answer to Android is finally here, but it still needs work

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Ubuntu

At long last, the first Ubuntu phones are here. It's been more than two years since Canonical first showed off its Linux-based mobile platform, and fans have been clamoring for consumer devices ever since. The Ubuntu Edge never made its ambitious $32 million crowdfunding target, and the first handsets from BQ and Meizu were delayed last year. But finally, it's all starting to come together. BQ has started selling its "Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition" in Europe and Meizu shouldn't be too far behind with its modified MX4.

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Latest Nvidia Shield player runs Android TV on Tegra X1

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Graphics/Benchmarks

Nvidia’s $199 STB version of Nvidia Shield runs Android TV on a Tegra X1, and boasts 4K video, 50 optimized games, and game streaming from a “Grid” service.

The 2015 set-top box version of the Nvidia Shield follows two earlier models, including 2013’s original handheld Shield game console, now called the Nvidia Shield Portable, which was based on the Nvidia Tegra 4 system-on-chip. Last year, the chip designer-cum-hardware developer released an Nvidia Shield Tablet built around a more powerful Tegra K1 SoC with Kepler graphics, and featuring new stylus and WiFi Direct gaming controller.

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Also: NVIDIA 346.47 Linux Drivers Launched with Support for New GPUs

Blackphone unveils a new phone and tablet running secure, encrypted Android

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Security

Today at Mobile World Congress, the encrypted phone system Blackphone announced a new phone and tablet, along with a new business focus on enterprise. The phone is called the Blackphone 2, a successor to the first Blackphone shown at MWC last year, but adds a new processor, better screen, and a larger profile overall. The tablet, called the Blackphone+, is slated for release in the fall. Both run Blackphone's secure OS, forked off of Android, which is designed to protect metadata and provide end-to-end encryption throughout.

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GCC 4.9.2 vs. GCC 5 Benchmarks On An Intel Xeon Haswell

For those craving some more GCC 5 compiler benchmark numbers following last week's release of GCC 5.1, here's some new comparison numbers between GCC 4.9.2 stable and the near-final release candidate of GCC 5.1. Pardon for this light article due to still finishing up work on migrating to the new Phoronix web server while separately working to take care of thermal issues coming about in the new Linux benchmarking server room. Read more

First impressions of Ubuntu 15.04

Canonical's Ubuntu operating system is probably the most widely used Linux distribution in the world. Ubuntu is made available in several editions, including desktop builds, server builds and there is a branch of Ubuntu for mobile phones. Ubuntu provides installation images for the x86, ARM and Power PC architectures, allowing the distribution to run on a wide variety of hardware. The most recent release of Ubuntu, version 15.04, includes a fairly short list of changes compared to last year's Ubuntu 14.10, however some of the changes are significant. Some small changes include an upgrade of the kernel to Linux 3.19 and placing application menus inside the application window by default. A potentially larger change is the switch from Canonical's Upstart init software to systemd. Read more